Thorne Dreyer's guest is award-winning writer, activist, and academic Raj Patel. Raj discusses Agriculture and the Green New Deal.
Raj Patel is a Research Professor in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Senior Research Associate at the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University (UHURU), South Africa. He studies the global food system and alternatives to it.
He has degrees from the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics, and Cornell University, has worked for the World Bank and WTO, and protested against them around the world. Raj co-taught the 2014 Edible Education class at UC Berkeley with Michael Pollan. In 2016 he was recognized with a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award. He has testified about the causes of the global food crisis to the U.S. House Financial Services Committee and is a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems.
In addition to numerous scholarly publications in economics, philosophy, politics, and public health journals, he regularly writes for The Guardian, and has contributed to the Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and other major national and international publications. His first book was Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System. His second, The Value of Nothing, was a New York Times and international best-seller and his latest, co-written with Jason W. Moore, is A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things.
Raj co-hosts the fortnightly food politics podcast The Secret Ingredient with Mother Jones' Tom Philpott and KUT's Rebecca McInroy. He is currently working on a groundbreaking documentary project about the global food system with award-winning director Steve James.
Photo above: Raj Patel on Rag Radio in Austin, July 5, 2019. Photo by Roger Baker / Rag Radio.
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